University of Florence Natural History Museum

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University of Florence Natural History Museum

University of Florence Natural History Museum
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1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Wednesday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Friday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
The exhibition is dedicated to the fossils of large mammals, molluscs and plants that illustrate the history of paleontology and are precious witnesses of the Earth's past.
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Neighborhood: Florence Historic Center

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Harry G
Liverpool, UK37 contributions
Children enjoyed it
Aug 2019 • Family
Worth a visit. Welcome diversion for children in Florence. Aged 4 and 6, there is only so much culture they can handle! Only 13 euro for family ticket and pretended half the exhibits were dinosaurs!
Written August 9, 2019
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LSQRD1
Kent, OH570 contributions
Part of the University museums
Mar 2019 • Solo
To begin with, the University of Florence has several museums that are all in different areas. There are two 'natural history' museums if you want to use that terminology. The first is La Specola which over by Pitti Palace--La Specola is the one with the taxidermy and anatomical waxes. The other one..which is what this review and attraction is...focuses on paleontology. In other words, most of the reviews for the current attraction are for the paleontology museum along with the photos. If you are interesting in La Specola, specifically search for that attraction. The university also has an anthropology museum.

On my visit, the mineralogy museum seemed to be closed but I enjoyed the smallish paleo museum. The collection of ice age specimens is good and they have some local specimens. Most of the museum is very traditional but they have a new display which is very well done of a fossil whale. I had the place to myself so it was a very pleasant experience.
Written April 13, 2019
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Phil_lsa
Lytham St Anne's, UK127 contributions
Unexpected find
Mar 2019 • Couples
I do enjoy wandering around a natural history museum. This one, is one of the old school types with cabinet full of exhibits. Entrance fee is very reasonable and I highly recommend the €3 upgrade to do the guided tour of the wax medical exhibit, it was fascinating to see the intricate wax models of differing parts of the human anatomy, which are so detailed. Also it was nice to get away for the crowds for a little while.
Written March 18, 2019
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Anne H
Saint Louis, MO4 contributions
Medical museum
Dec 2018
This is a museum of human anatomy created from wax. If you have any medical interest, this should be a destination. The details in these 18th century pieces were incredible.
Written February 26, 2019
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Alan J
Gosport93 contributions
Off the beaten track
Oct 2018 • Couples
My wife and a couple of friends decided to visit this museum on the way back to our hotel.
What a marvellous collection, especially the anatomical wax model section.
We were lucky to arrive just as the guided tour took place, very keen young man who enthused about the exhibits. These models were all made around 1750+ and are a MUST for anyone of the medical profession to visit.
Cost was E3 for museum (concession) and a further E3 for the wax museum.
We can not recommend this museum highly enough.
Written October 28, 2018
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cravingescape
brisbane771 contributions
Mammoth skeletons the highligh
Apr 2018 • Family
Certainly very small, this museum is a great break from all the glorious art and churches of Florence. My kids really enjoyed the various skeletons on display, and I liked seeing the display of the local ancient fauna. It is a great way to appreciate more about the Tuscany region as a whole.
The big whale display is also very good and well presented.
Only requires an hour or two at most, given its small size.
Written May 29, 2018
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12gotoperu
Huntington, WV270 contributions
Florence calls it the Museo Geologia e Paleontologia
Dec 2017 • Solo
Not sure why we're calling the Natural History museum. I guess that's what it is but I like Italian names and that's how it was listed in my guidebook. Anyway, I also remember being bored to death when I visited the Natural History Museum in Chicago (many, MANY years ago so it may be better now) but I certainly wasn't bored here. And the children that were there didn't seem to be either. It's no comparison to Chicago's or other bigger cities I suppose but it sure had a lot of skeletons and "Pietro" a complete skeleton of an ancestor of the elephant found in Tuscany! I read that it was discovered just below the surface while a field was being prepared for grape vines. It is 1.5 million years old, give or take a couple of years. :) The whole exhibit was well thought out I think and I noticed that almost all their identification cards had English. I also noticed that they had nicknames for their biggest skeletons which was fun. The one mentioned above is "Pietro". The final stop is in a relatively new exhibit and contains the remains of the entire skeleton of an ancient whale or ancestor of a whale. It was discovered in 2007 in I think a tidal basin or a field that had been a tidal basin. Anyway, there it was, an entire skeleton and they somehow managed to get it excavated and installed in a beautiful room that is filled with all kind of information, shells, etc., There is a rolling video that tells the story and it shows on two screens, one with English subtitles. I was so impressed with all the effort they've put into this. One somehow tends to think of Italy as cathedrals, statues and paintings all done back in the 12-1500's but people today are creating wonderful exhibits also. If you have children, I think they would love this.
Written December 3, 2017
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The Mills Twins
Wrexham, UK403 contributions
Quick drop in, bit dated
Nov 2017 • Friends
This tiny museum is a bit dated and expensive for what it is. I'm not to sure if am mistaken but many of these reviews appear to be for the museum special which is situated in pitti, not the small museum behind accedemia located at this address. Some excellent mammoth, hippo, and bear skeletons on display although almost all information is in Italian. This is obviously to be expected. The museum dies house a whale skeleton if which they seem very proud and which has a nice display with information about its discovery. Somewhat overpriced for the experience.
Written November 21, 2017
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Anemari O
107 contributions
Educational Gem
May 2017 • Family
The museum is really well laid out and well presented.

Not just something that kids will be interested in. Well worth a visit.

Entrance fee only €7.
Written May 30, 2017
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MarekG706
Toronto, Canada85 contributions
Stumbled on Body Parts and Stuffed Animals
Mar 2017 • Couples
We were on the way to the Boboli Gardens when we chanced on the Natural History Museum. The first part was a huge collection of wax replicas of humans in various states of dissection which were fascinating though not to everyone's taste. Adjoining these rooms were rooms full of every type of stuffed animal imaginable. Again not for everyone but quite fascinating and retro. On the way out we visited an exhibit of minerals which had some beautiful specimens.
Written May 23, 2017
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University of Florence Natural History Museum is open:
  • Tue - Tue 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Wed - Wed 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Thu - Thu 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Fri - Fri 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Sat - Sun 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM


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